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Barton: FA 'out of touch' about picks

Joey Barton (R) has derided The FA's reaction to his Twitter predictions.
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Barclays Premier League star Joey Barton hit out Thursday at the English soccer authorities after he was told off for predicting the outcomes of league games on Twitter.

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The QPR captain was shocked to receive a warning letter from the Football Association (FA) for tipping victories for Manchester City and Manchester United last weekend.

Barton was told to stop sharing his predictions to his 1.1 million Twitter followers.

The 29-year-old midfielder tweeted, "According to the FA, I am not allowed to give my opinion of possible results in case that is seen as insider information. These people are so out of touch with reality it's untrue."

Both Manchester clubs went on to win last Sunday, as the two rivals continue to lead the race for the league title.

But Barton said, "What difference does my opinion of the outcome of a match have on the result? None."

The former Manchester City player said he was fed up with the league bureaucracy, which he said came from an "Orwellian organization."

"The strange thing is they have probably sent me 30 letters since I started tweeting," Barton said. "That's 30 pieces of paper wasted. Stop sending please."

He added, "I'll prob get a letter about the last few tweets. That's how ridiculous it's become. Drastic shake-up needed to move the game into 21st century."

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